Buildings and Facilities

This subgroup aims to enhance and increase the accommodation and play space available at the Sciennes Primary School.

The subgroup is chaired by Laura Bird.  Dates of meetings will be posted in our diary.

Buildings & Facilities Group continues to explore the possibility of turning some of Sciennes Road into additional playground for the school. Guidance for building new schools recommends around 5 square metres per child in a playground. At Sciennes we have just over 1 square metre per child! With the RHSC vacating the site next door 2018 presents a unique opportunity to turn car space into play space.

Lots of people have contributed over the past year and deserve thanks:

  • Alison Noble & Angela Christie for their unswerving support of the concept

  • Our Southside & Newington Councillors for coming to and facilitating meetings with the right people at City of Edinburgh Council, including Ian Perry for researching ownership of the land under the road

  • Colin Sim for getting a grant to pay for a feasibility study

  • Ian Hogg for procuring a suitable landscape architect to undertake the feasibility study

  • Ironside Farrar for devising a turning head scheme in front of the RHSC building

  • Sciennes Community Council for inviting us to public consultation events about the future of the RHSC where we also floated the more playground/less road idea with local people

  • All the planning and transport officers at CEC who have met with us and advised us

  • Particular thanks go to Fiona Denvir, Judith Gillespie and the 11 parent volunteer stewards who between them have directed hundreds of vehicles away from Sciennes Road when it’s officially closed of a morning AND helped make the case for permanent road closure.

  • Thanks to the vast majority of responsible parents who, if they need to drive their children to school, park up a block or two away and help keep both the roads and the school’s relations with our neighbours peaceful at 8.45 am

  • Jay Santhanam and Aileen Nimmo for getting Sciennes Road closed on the day of the summer fair, again helping making the case for a permanent closure

  • Lucy Gallagher for monitoring air quality on Sciennes Road with her new gadget

  • Everyone who has come along to Buildings & Facilities meetings to help argue the case and thrash out the issues.

Meeting minutes

Building and facilities meeting minutes 1st November 2016

Building and facilities meeting minutes 16 September 2016

Building and facilities meeting minutes 16 June 2016

Building and facilities meeting minutes May 31 2016

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